It might seem understandable for a player to go less than all out in minicamps and OTAs. There are no pads and no contact. Suffering an injury that could sideline you for part of training camp or worse is an unjustifiable risk with not very much to gain in the glorified walk-throughs.
Undrafted Green Bay linebacker Dezman Moses will have none of that. His non-stop effort has not only gotten him noticed this spring, it has Moses generating depth chart momentum heading into the long, hot summer.
Moses knows that he might have already used up his second chance after he transferred from Iowa to Tulane. He was arrested for public intoxication and suspended before leaving Iowa. Moses said he was humbled by the experience, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Maybe that's what is driving Moses so hard. Dunne writes that the veterans probably don't appreciate Moses' extra effort in June. Bill Huber from Packer Report leaves open the possibility that Moses is "just another try-hard guy who shines in offseason practices because he’s going 100 percent while the lineman charged with blocking him is going 90 percent."
It's hard to argue with the results, as Dunne said that Moses had probably "the biggest jump of any player" in the month of OTA and minicamp practices. So much so that he practiced with the first team at right outside linebacker in the team's minicamp while Clay Matthews was resting. Matthews himself said the Moses is "earning all his playing time" by showing coverage and pass-rush ability in addition to natural athleticism, size and strength.
If there's anybody on the Packers' roster that understands the value that hustle and intensity can add to a player's game, it's Matthews. If Moses can carry over this momentum into training camp and the preseason, we might even get a chance to see him line up opposite Matthews. And if Moses doesn't steal any first-team reps at left outside linebacker from first-round pick Nick Perry, it won't be for a lack of effort.